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Family Wonders If Mendenhall Killed Their Daughter

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - When a jury found suspected serial killer Bruce Mendenhall guilty for killing Sara Hulbert, the family of Latisha Milliken was watching. The TBI found her blood and DNA in his truck, but he has not been charged with her murder. 

The family is still looking for answers. 

"We're out here to hang this flower in memory of Tisha," said mother Tammy Northcutt. 

Northcutt and her family don't want anyone to forget Latisha. 

"It's the only way we can do anything for her any more. I talked to her every day. I pray all of the time and looking at her kids - it's just a constant memory," said Northcutt. 

They attached a cross near the Truck Stops of America where suspected serial killer Bruce Mendenhall killed Sara Hulbert in 2007. 

"For a long time I kept saying, ‘I'm not going to say she's gone. I'm not going say she's gone,' but there was a time and just the feeling. She's gone," said grandmother Lois Lamb. 

The family came to that conclusion when the TBI found Latisha's blood and DNA in Mendenhall's truck. The family is convinced Mendenhall killed Latisha. She's been missing since March 2007. 

"I want him to pay. I want him to, but I don't hate him. I just want everybody to know I don't hate him, because I'm going to heaven. I'm not going to let him send me to hell," said Lamb. 

Metro police cold case detectives believe Mendenhall killed Latisha as well, but they haven't charged him. The district attorney's office is reviewing the case and will decide whether or not to charge Mendenhall. 

NewsChannel 5 legal analyst Jim Todd said it's a case that might be difficult to prove without the body. 

"What will be key is whether or not the prosecution would be able to get his priors into the trial of this missing woman," said Todd. 

He said defense attorneys would argue the information would be extremely prejudicial to the jury. If a judge would let in the results of the Hulbert case or any other case the likelihood of a conviction is more likely. 

"We know she's from here. We know she's turned tricks at the truck stop. We know she's been missing for three years, and we know her blood is in Mendenhall's truck. That combined with his priors and the same motive, same fact pattern would be enough to convict him," said Todd. 

Until the district attorney's office makes a decision, Latisha's family will have to wait. They may make several more trips to the truck stop. Attached to the cross is a Mother's Day card from the missing woman's 7-year-old son. 

"He knows. He says his momma's in heaven, and I mean he made this. This is his Mother's Day card, and it's the first time he's said 'I want to take this to my momma's grave,'" said Northcutt. 

If you have information about this case you should call CrimeStoppers at 74-CRIME. You can also text Crime Stoppers anonymously, text the word CASH and your message to CRIMES.

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